Creating a memorable outdoor space is an important part of entertaining guests. But during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, feeling good in both your home and backyard should be at the top of your list. Whether you already have patio furniture set up for a relaxing outdoor space or you’re looking for innovative ideas to help you out with the process, there are several must-have accessories that can transform your outdoor patio. Here are our favorites.
Relaxing Patio Swings and Hammocks
Swings and hammocks are fantastic patio accessories that add a playful feel to your outdoor space, but did you know they also provide numerous health benefits? Both work wonders for relieving stress and boosting your mood. You gain the perfect place for mid-day naps, and guests will enjoy lounging around in the hammocks. It’s a win-win.
If you’re interested in accessorizing but you don’t have anywhere to hang them, then free-standing hammocks might be better suited for you. You can place them wherever you want in your yard or on the patio.
Swings also come with plenty of options. They can either be free-standing or bolted from your patio ceiling, similar to a hammock. There are also hammock chairs, which are a beautiful thing. They can be hung from covered patios, combining swinging benefits and hammock relaxation in one. The choice is yours.
Bring Out the Hosting Platter
What better way to delight your guests than by bringing out a hosting platter full of finger food and drinks? An outdoor serving tray adds an element of charm, perfect for a charcuterie board, parties, and picnics. Using an ottoman as a table for guests with a serving platter on top for guests to enjoy is a fun modern alternative to your traditional patio table.
A Canopy of String Lights
Creating a canopy of twinkling string lights is a hot trend right now and a breathtaking way to brighten up any outdoor space. Hang them over your patio or garden and give your backyard a beautiful outdoor bistro feel. Use a ladder and secure the lights with zip ties or hooks wherever you like them. Once everything is set up, you’ll create a magical outdoor experience that you can’t get enough of.
Picnic Table With Built-In Cooler
This is probably something you didn’t know you needed.
It’s time to say goodbye to long treks to the kitchen to top off your beverages. This picnic table has a built-in cooler that you can fill with ice to keep your drinks cold on those hot summer days. It’s the perfect place to entertain guests.
Plus, if you’re handy, there are plenty of DIY tutorials online. Even if you’re not, you can skip the hassle and purchase one of these tables premade online or at stores like Home Depot. Whichever setup you opt for, this picnic table is a must-have this summer.
Gather Around a Fire Pit
No backyard setup is complete without a fireplace or fire pit to get together with friends and family. Gather around and tell stories, keep warm on cooler nights, roast hot dogs, or toast s’mores. The coziness and ambiance that fire pits bring are unbeatable – they’re the perfect patio accessory.
For more fire pit inspiration, check out our other article on cozy outdoor fireplace ideas for the most inviting backyard.
Create Some Homemade Crafts
Do you pride yourself on being crafty? When it starts to get hot, homemade crafts like DIY hand fans are fun to put out for guests. You can make simple ones with construction paper, satin ribbon, and acrylic paint. If DIY isn’t your thing, then you can always purchase a Japanese fan for entertaining. It’s a thoughtful touch that everybody will love.
You can also set out some homemade spritz bottles to keep your guests cool during those really hot days. Consider putting a few drops of essential oil into each bottle. Peppermint, basil, and sea salt make for some great summery scents.
Pool-Side Patio Umbrellas
What’s a staycation without some shade? If you already have a pool in your backyard, then you’re in luck; poolside patio umbrellas are a great addition. If you’re looking for something more high tech, some outdoor umbrellas even come with a USB charger and lighting. Your friends will thank you for keeping their phones all charged up during pool parties or while unwinding in lounge chairs.
Decorate With Colorful Accents
The spring and summer seasons are all about dining al fresco – and colorful accents are in this year. It’s time to break out the throw pillows in vibrant fuchsia and orange, fun-accented dinner plates, a funky tablecloth, and a colorful set of wine glasses. Bold patterns, eye-catching textiles, and beautiful florals work best with muted patio furniture to liven up your patio.
Don’t Forget the Wireless Speakers
No patio is complete without a set of wireless speakers. Don’t worry about the elements – outdoor speakers are designed to withstand wind, rain, and even snow. Most of them are also Bluetooth-compatible, so you and your guests can play your favorite playlists all spring and summer long.
Time to Liven up Your Outdoor Space
Are you feeling inspired yet? Summer’s still a little way around the corner, but spring will be here before we know it. It’s time to start getting these must-have patio accessories in time for the warm weather. Try to showcase your personality but don’t be afraid to try some of these bolder patio accessories. Your backyard will become the best hangout space for you and your guests. Just remember to have fun with it.